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Volunteers gather to clean up Antietam Creek

October 17, 2009

More than 100 volunteers pulled a record amount of trash from Antietam Creek during the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance's fourth annual Rubbish Round-Up Sept. 19.

Paddling canoes, kayaks and rafts, and walking the banks, volunteers worked 2.5-miles of creek between Mount Aetna Road in Hagerstown and the Funkstown American Legion Post.

The haul filled two dump trucks.

Items included 29 tires, 30 feet of plastic construction fencing, five 55-gallon steel drums, nine traffic cones and 22 bags of assorted trash. Workers filled seven large trash bags with recyclable plastic and glass bottles.

Volunteers also found a purse containing a credit card and identification. Washington County sheriff's deputies returned it to its owner. The purse had been stolen three years earlier.

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This year, the round-up was part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, which involves hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide.

ACWA is a Hagerstown-based nonprofit organization that seeks to clean up and restore Antietam Creek through education, recreation and hands-on projects.

For more information, go to www.acwamd.org.

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